Aviation Park & Pavilion

The Chennault Aviation and Military Museum will build an outdoor pavilion, display, and park showcasing seven restored military aircraft and more to tell our incredible story of aviation history and heritage. The aircraft restoration park will soon offer visitors a modern-day out-door facility with paved walk ways, covered pavilions, and restored military aircraft.

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RESTORED:

A-7B Corsair II: This Navy warbird flew off carriers against known targets in North and South Vietnam.

OH-6 Cayuse (Loach): A light observation helicopter used in the Vietnam War for low-level observation and scouting enemy positions.

MiG-15: The world’s first swept-wing jet fighter debuted during the Korean War, becoming the standard fighter plane of the air forces in the Communist Bloc for decades.

MR-18 Light Bomber: During his WWII service in China, Gen. Claire Chennault used this aircraft as a transport and light bomber.

P-40 Warhawk: The pavilion features a traveling model of the instantly recognizable P-40 Warhawk fighter, making vivid the inventive brilliance of a pioneer of aviation and preserving our nation’s legacy of heroism and daring for generations to come.

TO BE RESTORED:

WWII Navigation Trainer: Monroe was home to the Selman Field WWII Air Navigation Schools. The program graduated 15,000 navigators and 1,500 pre-flight cadets, most of whom used trainers like these.

DC-3: The DC-3 aircraft was a mainstay aerial transport for the British and American forces during WWII, used as troop transport, glider towing, and as a general-purpose freighter key to Allied victory in WWII. It was also pride of the fleet in the early days of Delta Airlines.

F-86 Sabre: Considered one of the best and most important fighter aircraft in the Korean War, the F-86 is also rated highly in comparison with fighters of other eras. Various models of the Sabre held world speed records for six consecutive years, setting five official records.

Aviation Park

Aviation Park

Naming & Recognition Opportunities Inside the Park

Your support will not only help us reach our goal, your name or company will also be displayed for future generations to see who the visionaries were who helped make our community’s Aviation Park a reality.

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